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Celtics/Thunder Game Preview

Chuck - Red's Army March 31, 2010 Uncategorized 4 Comments on Celtics/Thunder Game Preview


Celtics (47-26) vs Thunder (45-28)

Game time: 7:30m, TD Garden. TV – CSN. Radio –
WEEI-AM (850).

Team Leaders

Bos: Pierce – 18.2                  Thunder: Kevin Durant

Bos: Perkins – 7.6                 

Thunder: Durant – 7.6

Bos: Rondo – 9.8                    Thunder: Russell Westbrook – 8.0

UPDATE: Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins will start tonight for the Celtics.

Who'll go off:  Kevin Garnett. Get him the ball in the paint. The Cs need to take advantage of the Thunder's lack of size and physicality in the front court. 

Who needs to be stopped:  Kevin Durant. The loss of Paul Pierce is going to hurt most on defense. The goal for Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels and Michael Finley – keep Durant under 40.

The C's will lose ifOKC's defensive number may surprise you. The Thunder rank slightly ahead of the Cs in opposing FG% (44.2 – 44.7) and slightly behind in opposing 3FG% (33.7 – 33.5). The Celtics need to be aggressive offensively.

Miscellany:  The Celtics, who defeated the Thunder 105-87 on the road Dec. 4, have
six straight meetings in this series. The Thunder (21-15 on the road) are coming off a 111-93 win over Philly Tuesday night. They currently occupy the 6th seed in the Western conference.

Prediction:  Thunder 101 – Celtics 99

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  • where are you hearing pierce is out for sure? ive seen it mentioned here and at celticsblog that he was going to be out but no source was provided

  • Lakerhater (FD)

    Ray Allen goes off tonight against the bugtussle sonics-
    Celtics 99
    faux sonics 91

  • Jeff

    celts just tweeted doc says PP will play!

  • Thanks for the update.